Ippolito featured at Yvette Torres

Sep 01, 2018
“Kusadasi Bazaar” is a 1991 oil on canvas by Angelo Ippolito.

Rockland — Paintings of Angelo Ippolito, an important 20th-century American abstract artist whose work is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney and Museum of Modern Art and museums here in Maine, are shown in “Color of Light” at Yvette Torres Fine Art, 464 Main St. The exhibit runs through Sept. 16. The public is invited to stop in during the First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7.

The New York School, and Maine American artists coming of age in New York in 1950, had each other and not much else, as the city’s museums and midtown galleries focused on European modernists. Not to be deterred, the artistic community centered on East Tenth Street took matters into its own hands, congregating at the Cedar Tavern; debating aesthetics at its own Artists’ Club; and founding its own galleries. In the process, they shifted New York’s artistic epicenter downtown, where it remained for the next 50 years.

Ippolito (1922-2001) played such a pivotal role in this historic scene that he became known as “Mr. Tenth Street.” An emigrée from Italy at age 9, he produced a body of oils on canvas, works on paper and assemblages renowned for their lyrical color, light and compositional rigor. The first downtown artist gallery was born the day Ippolito and fellow artist Fred Mitchell spied a storefront they thought would make a good space to show art. Sculptor Bill King and painters Lois Dodd and Charles Cajori joined the newly christened Tanager Gallery, and soon its members grew to include artists such as Sally Hazelet, Alex Katz and Philip Pearlstein. Dodd and Katz brought the lessons of abstract expressionism and pop art back to Maine’s vibrant art scene.

Yvette Torres Fine Art, located on the second floor, is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.; or by chance or appointment. For more information, call 332-4014 or visit yvettetorresfineart.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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